For nearly 70 years, Japan's constitution was understood to grant it the right of self-defense at home while forbidding military action overseas — but this could soon change.
A video released Saturday appears to show the masked militant known as "Jihadi John" executing Kenji Goto, a Japanese journalist kidnapped in Syria.
Tensions rise as negotiations continue for the potential prisoner exchange involving a pilot, journalist, and failed suicide bomber.
The Islamic State says a captured Jordanian pilot will be killed if Sajida al-Rishawi is not delivered to the Turkish border by sunset on Thursday.
Sajida al-Rishawi has been imprisoned 10 years for her role in one of Jordan's deadliest suicide attacks, but the Islamic State now wants her set free.
The militant group demanded the release of Sajida al-Rishawi, imprisoned over a suicide attack, in exchange for the lives of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto and Jordanian pilot Muadh al-Kasesbeh.
A clip released Saturday purportedly features the voice of Kenji Goto demanding new terms for his release and saying his friend Haruna Yukawa has been killed.